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Black Bean Chicken Casserole

This casserole never fails to receive compliments whenever I serve it. The ingredients come together so nicely to give it a unique wonderful flavor. It's one of our favorites. —Tracy Kimzey, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • Fat-free sour cream, chopped green onions and sliced ripe olives, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, salsa, cumin, salt, oregano and pepper. Add beans and chicken; heat through.
  • Spread a third of the mixture into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with four tortillas, a third of the chicken mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas and chicken mixture.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream, green onions and olives if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 283 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 664mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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